Head of UNDP Africa at African Solidarity ConferenceFeb 1, 2014
Statement at the African Solidarity Conference for the Mobilization of Support for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development 1 February 2014 New AU Offices and Conference Complex, Addis Ababa
By Abdoulaye Mar Dieye Assistant Secretary –General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa
Your Excellency President Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa,
Your Excellency Dr. Nkosozana Dlamini - Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Ladies and gentlemen
I am delighted to address this first African Solidarity Conference and the launch of the pledging process in support of the African Solidarity Initiative.
I congratulate the African Union for building on its notable work to date to promote peace and security by seeking to mobilize, from within the continent, increased support for post-conflict reconstruction and development efforts.
African solidarity is not a new phenomenon; it is the seed of pan Africanism, rooted in our African heritage, culture and traditions. If we look back at our recent past, we see the solidarity African countries showed each other during their struggles for independence.
More recently, we have seen many examples of African countries reaching out to help each other, teach each other, share experience, and cooperate in securing development gains.
With specific regard to African countries dealing with the impacts of violent conflict, it is worth noting that African countries have made, and continue to make highly significant contributions to conflict resolution on the continent, both bilaterally, as well as collectively through regional institutions. In many instances, Africa’s regional institutions have contributed towards shaping UN and other global efforts to support conflict resolution, peacebuilding and recovery on the continent.
Our meeting today is a recognition that much more can be done to further solidify this spirit of solidarity at regional level. It reaffirms the readiness of the African Union and its member states to extend and broaden the scope of this solidarity, not as a substitute for the support provided by Africa’s external partners in this challenging area, but in synergy with it, to ensure more sustainable peace, security and development on the continent.
Against this backdrop, the African Solidarity Initiative should be seen as a continuation of this prevailing spirit of altruism.
Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I’m deeply convinced that beyond this altruistic nature, investing in solidarity is also “good economics”.
It is a potent down-payment, with very high returns on peace, security and development. We must then salute and fully embrace the African Solidarity Initiative.
I am here today to pledge UNDP’s strongest commitment to put its experiences, expertise, wide country presence and south-south networks in service of this initiative, within the framework of your support to the African Peace and Security Architecture.
I wish your conference all the success and I thank you.